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  • justinbc

    I guess this answers people’s questions from the original post about who would wait in line.

  • Ridiculous.

  • Wonder if those waiting that far back in the line ever got in.

    • wandafish

      I’ve wondered the same. Has anyone ever stood in line for 2+ hours (for Rose’s Luxury, or any restaurant for that matter) and was turned away?

      • justinbc

        You don’t stand in line that long. You just stand in line to put your name in for the host then go wherever you like for the 1,2,3,4,whatever hours.

  • No food is worth that line.

  • Wow, never would have guessed 32 below had that kind of following. I thought it had closed.

  • I don’t think anything will change. The many people who seemingly enjoy waiting in long, slow lines for everything around here will still take the afternoon off work to queue up around the block there, just to tell all their friends they got in. And the rest of us will wait not in a line, but until the hype dies down.

  • lindz0722

    Since it took the comments thread a good few hours to catch up with reality last time, I’m going to try to summarize some important info that the angry mob tends to overlook:

    -If you don’t get seated immediately, you wait in line to put your name in for a reservation. You do not wait in line until a table opens up. Therefore, the line moves fairly quickly, especially once the first seating is complete. And therefore, you will not be standing in line for five hours only to be turned away at 10pm.

    -The hostess at Rose’s Luxury takes your name and phone number so that you can go enjoy yourself with a walk around the neighborhood and drink or two at one of the bars or coffee shops nearby. You will receive a text message 15 minutes before you need to arrive for your table so that you can get back to the restaurant.

    -The bar upstairs is always first-come, first-served, with a full menu, and there is good service as well as plenty of space to eat.

    -Reservations at popular restaurants (e.g. Minibar) are equally as difficult to come by and require more hoop-jumping.

    Did I miss anything?

  • Hopefully winter will bring shorter lines. I would definitely like to try this place, but my time is worth something too. I’m not standing in line to help the “vibe” of this restaurant. They need to take reservations or I will find somewhere else to go.

  • Does 32 below sell anything other than frozen yogurt. what am I missing?

  • You just need to approach this place differently than most restaurants, and it’s fine. You don’t get in line and then stand around in front waiting. That will just make you crazy. You make a night of it and go do something else for awhlie.

    My wife and I showed up about 15 minutes before opening last Monday. We waited about 30 minutes, catching up on our respective work days, and then got to the hosts. We put our names down. We drove home, took our dog for a walk, and then went back and had a couple cocktails at a nearby place. About 90 minutes after putting our names down, we got in right on the short end of the range they gave us. We had a lovely time.

  • Did they all wait in the line? My guess is a lot of those folks bailed.

  • The line still reflects the number of people who wish to eat and have priority over you.

  • You are missing the words in this article and looking at a picture

  • I am still wondering if the people at the end of the line (or any that arrived later) ever got in….. doesn’t matter whether they stood there or not.

  • It’s just a cupcake!!!!

  • Thanks for the info. Just curious how many people were in front of you 15 minutes before opening? I’m thinking about taking the afternoon off and arriving around 4:30PM (an hour before opening).

  • I don’t like that photo.

  • msmaryedith

    I’m suspect all of the people in line would have made it in. I had friends in town from NYC this weekend who wanted to go, so I suggested that they get in line about 15 minutes before opening. I think that’s what they did, and their group was told they’d be seated about 9:15pm. If this long of a line was formed outside Little Serow, you probably wouldn’t get in at all (it’s tiny). But Rose’s is large enough with enough turnover that you’re probably getting in, even if the line is that long. And like others have said, these are people lined up before it’s open. Once they open up, the line moves pretty quickly. You put your name down, then are free to go elsewhere. It’s not like you stand there until your table is ready!

  • Brendan:
    I don’t f*cking care if you like it.

    –Amy poehler

  • Would love to try this place, but will not be hiring a babysitter with such uncertainty on seating.

  • Yes, it’s a crazy line. But this is the crowd on a Friday right after the BA article was released. Yes, if you want to eat there on a busy weekend night, you will have to wait. But I’m betting that if you went on a weeknight, the line would be a bit shorter.

  • I know the whole time commitment isn’t spent standing in line, but I can just as easily consume and digest a meal in less of a window of time than the time commitment to dine here.

  • On Saturday night I showed up at 4:40pm to get in a very long line. I got to the hostess around 5:20pm (I believe they opened the doors at 5, but maybe sooner, to start seating people and putting them on the list). By the time I got to the front they were only taking tables of 2 or 3 for the rest of the night. Myself and my friend were seated shortly after 9pm and had a wonderful experience! So I think the answer you’re looking for is, yes, if you show up 15 minutes before opening you should be able to get a table. (I would suspect that a week night wouldn’t be as crowded as a weekend, but I think they also open a little 30 minutes later during the week.) Expect that if you come that late you may have a very late seating.

  • Rose’s Luxury’s PR team is on point in this thread

  • Actual laugh out loud.

  • +1 Rose’s Luxury apparently has a host of PoP zealots who will die to defend the honor of their cherished DC establishment. With that being said, it is a lovely and beautiful restaurant. Not sure if waiting for hours then having to spend money at another restaurant just to kill time is worth it. But I still had a wonderful experience once you get in.

    • GiantSquid

      Those of us who are fans, are fans for a reason and it’s not the “exclusivity”. It’s great food in a lovely atmosphere that won’t break the bank. I went last Wednesday with a friend around 7:30pm. They were booked for the night but after a drink at the bar upstairs, we snagged bar seats for dinner. Another amazing meal and delicious drinks. Obviously it’s not everyone’s thing and some folks can’t dine there without reservations. One place can’t be all things to all people.

      • justinbc

        Yeah, I think it’s more about combating ignorance than anything else. People have a terrible misconception about this place, or just want to be negative in general, and those who have actually been are helping direct them to the truth.

        • justinbc

          (because regardless of what Bon Appetit or any other magazine thinks we are very fortunate to have such an establishment here)

          • Love the place, lines or no. Food is wonderful. Service is great. I usually choose to go early in the week; get there before they open; and am seated quickly. Of course, that was all prior to the Bon Appetit article. I plan to wait awhile before I go again

  • I do find it interesting in the same issue of BA that named this the best new place in the country editors also complained (in general, not about Rose’s specifically) about hating the “no reservations” trend.

  • Anon OP. Sorry for the horrendous grammar. Damn phone!

  • I hate lines and love reservations, but I went to Rose’s for my birthday on a Tuesday in July. My crew had a great time! I had taken the day off, so I arrived at 5:15. We had to wait an hour a table, and went to the bar upstairs to pass the time. Full disclosure: half of our wait was because my friends didn’t get there on time. They won’t seat you without a full party, but you can still get added to the waiting list. I love DC restaurants, but I’m not willing to wait that long for a meal–even an amazing one. All of this is to say: the wait for Rose’s isn’t always THAT bad.

  • maxwell smart

    nope. nope. nope. Could be the best meal of my life but I’m totally not waiting 4-5 hours to get seated. I get that you can put your name on a list and come back – but that’s still waiting 4-5 hours.

  • i plan on waiting 12 hours for breakfast.

  • I waited. And, it was worth it. Plus, we put our name in, tooled around SW waterfront, had a nice time and came back and were seated. Great food. Great. Food.

    My motto is life is too short for bad food, bad wine or bad coffee. Sometimes you have to wait.

  • I love the food. But the establishment clearly doesn’t respect their customers time. My time, especially my weekend hours, are too valuable to be wasted on this… Spending time and money on a place that doesn’t respect my time or money.

  • Happy to say I was a Kickstarter donator and got in early for my FREE Rose’s Luxury dinner.

    Good karma spread all around.

  • As no one is forcing anyone to go how can it be termed as a question of “respect”? You don’t want to go you don’t have to go. It’s not like if you don’t eat there the folks of Rose’s Luxury then trail you around saying snide things about you. If it ain’t your thing then skip it. No one is forcing anyone to “waste” their time. Though I am quite sure they “respect your money”.

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